E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, is an internist, pulmonologist, and critical care physician with over twenty-five years of experience in intensive care medicine. A tenured professor at Vanderbilt University since 2004, Dr. Ely earned his MD degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in conjunction with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He serves as the Grant W. Liddle endowed chair of medicine and is a physician-scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also the associate director of aging research for the Tennessee Valley Veteran’s Affairs Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC). He is the founder and codirector of the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, an organization that focuses on research and ongoing care for people affected by critical illness. Dr. Ely has had multiple original research studies published in The New England Journal, JAMA, and The Lancet, and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, CNN,and numerous other publications. He lives in Nashville with his family.
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